Stumpy and his wife had a fight, so he packed up his stuff and moved into the garage. Although the couple seldom spoke, he continued to mow the lawn, take out the garbage and fix the car, while she cooked the meals, vacuumed and did the laundry.

Months later, Stumpy met his friend Lou for drinks. "Things don't seem to be working out any better," Lou remarked. "Why don't you just move out?"

Stumpy explained, "Well, if you really want to know the truth, she makes such a good neighbor."